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The Americas Media Initiative: Cuban Filmmaker Marilyn Solaya

En el cuerpo equivocado

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Thomson 101
The Americas Media Initiative (AMI) is proud to announce our Fall 2013 Cuban filmmaker tour with Marilyn Solaya. Ms. Solya has had a unique trajectory in Cuban cinema, starting out as film actress in films such as Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío’s, renowned, Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) and then returning to film school to study Directing (see full bio below). Ms. Solaya will be presenting her award winning documentary feature, In the Wrong Body (En el cuerpo equivocado) at US universities, film festivals, and community centers throughout October, 2013.
In the Wrong Body tells the story of Mavi Susel, who underwent the first gender reassignment operation in Cuba in 1988. In the Wrong Body explores such timely issues as the meaning of femininity in the macho and patriarchal society in Cuba where many stereotypes and prejudices still exist. Mariela Castro, Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) was a primary consultant on the film. The film was produced as part of the Latin American DocTV initiative. (

Ms. Solaya’s documentary work is based on thorough investigation of the subject matter and the people with whom she is collaborating. Ms. Solaya has been doing public presentations with her films both inside and outside of Cuba and can speak to various issues regarding the role of gender in Cuban society both from a historical and feminist perspective, what it means to be a feminist filmmaker in contemporary Cuba, and her vision of the future for women filmmakers in Cuba.
This is AMI’s fourth US Cuban filmmaker tour. In the spring of 2011, AMI brought filmmaker Carlos Rodriguez, who works with TV Serrana, the community media project based in the Sierra Maestra Mountains and the tour visited 13 US universities. In fall of 2011, AMI toured with award winning documentary filmmaker, Rigoberto Jiménez who runs the First Year Program at the renowned International Film and Television School located outside of Havana. Our last tour was with Afro-Cuban filmmaker Karel Ducasse in October, 2012. AMI is distributing Karel Ducasse’s documentary, Zone of Silence, about artistic censorship in Cuba. Marilyn will be traveling with AMI Director, Alexandra Halkin who will also serve as her translator.